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Feb 18, 2016 ORFC 2016
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Oxford Real Farming Conference 2016: Closing plenary summing up the conference and next steps.
Topics: ORFC, real farming, agroecology
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Feb 18, 2016 ORFC 2016
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Oxford Real Farming Conference 2016: Opening plenary and introduction, with a word from founders and sponsors about the history and principles behind the ORFC and real farming.
Topics: ORFC, real farming, agroecology
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Feb 18, 2016 ORFC 2016
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Oxford Real Farming Conference 2016: Does your farm lack shelter, do you have problems with poorly drained fields? The Woodland Trust will explain how the thoughtful integration of trees into livestock management systems can help boost production and improve animal health and welfare, using examples of farm projects we are supporting. This is designed to be an interactive session and woodland creation advisor Hamish Thomson will be happy to answer questions as to how trees can work for your...
Topics: agroforestry, woodland, trees, livestock, silvopastoralism, farming, forestry, ORFC
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Oxford Real Farming Conference 2016: This session will look at how local authorities can support those looking to access land for food production. What land is publicly owned, how can people find this out and who or what determines who has access to it and for what purposes?  Speakers:   Chair: John Tanner (Oxford City Council)  Bonnie Hewson (Beacon Farms)  Charles Coats  Veronique Rioufol (Terre de Liens)
Topics: local authorities, land access, A2L, ORFC, agroecology, new entrants
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Feb 18, 2016 ORFC 2016
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Oxford Real Farming Conference 2016: Achieving the highest animal welfare takes care, attention to detail and planning. Two farmers and a vet will share how they use some of the key tools and techniques that can help.  Andy King will talk about the welfare and business benefits of regularly assessing welfare outcomes at Coombe Farm. Jessica Stokes will share how the farming industry uses outcomes to assess welfare, focusing primarily on problems like lameness in dairy cattle and feather loss...
Topics: farming, livestock, animal welfare, ORFC
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Oxford Real Farming Conference 2016: The current figures associated with malnutrition should not exist in the 21st century. In India alone 48% of children are stunted, and globally UNICEF estimates that 4 children die every minute due to malnutrition. Lack of food diversity and the associated restriction in micro and macro nutrient consumption is a key driver of undernutrition.  Two paradigms offer contrasting solutions to this problem.  A high tech approach proposes the use of centrally...
Topics: malnutrition, legumes, hunger, nutrition, farming, ORFC
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Feb 18, 2016 ORFC 2016
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Oxford Real Farming Conference 2016: Lessons from around Europe.   All over Europe, and the rest of the world, people who farm and people who eat are forming communities around locally-grown food. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), Teikei, AMAP, Reciproco, ASC – the names may be different but the essence is the same. Active citizens are making a commitment to local farms to share the risks and the bounty of ecological farming. This session will include presentations from successful and...
Topics: CSA, Community Supported Agriculture, farming, community food, ORFC
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Feb 18, 2016 ORFC 2016
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Oxford Real Farming Conference 2016: An introduction to a new European-wide network on Access to land including the premiere of Land for our Food, a 30 minute film exploring the different experiences of agro-ecological farmers finding land for food production across Europe.  Speakers:   Rachel Harries, Soil Association  Gavin Bridger (Farnham Local Food)  Christophe Gaudry (French farmer)  Attila Szocs (Eco Ruralis)
Topics: Land access, farming, agriculture, A2L, ORFC
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Oxford Real Farming Conference 2016: Agroforestry, combining trees and other forms of agriculture, can offer many advantages to farmers and the wider public. This session will give an overview of what agroforestry is in practice, why it is a good thing, and how it can be better supported.  Speakers:   Martin Wolfe (Organic Research Centre)  John Tucker (Woodland Trust)  Paul Burgess (Cranfield University)  Stephen Briggs (Abacus Organics)
Topics: agroforestry, agroecology, trees, farming, ORFC
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Feb 18, 2016 ORFC 2016
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Oxford Real Farming Conference 2016: Against a background of significant global soil loss spanning over half a century, which threatens future food security, the French government has set a target of rebuilding soil carbon by 0.4% per annum and called on other countries to do the same.  Can this be done by sustainable intensification, or does it need a return to mixed farming?  Speakers:   Patrick Holden (Chair)  Guy Smith (NFU)  Richard Young (Sustainable Food Trust)  Tim May (Kingsclere...
Topics: mixed farming, sustainable intensification, agriculture, food, livestock, arable, ORFC
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Feb 17, 2016 ORFC 2016
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Oxford Real Farming Conference 2016: Our soils are coming under devastating pressure from an unlikely crop. Maize, especially when badly grown, causes severe environmental damage to soils and rivers. Commonly grown as feed for livestock, there is also scientific evidence that maize silage has a negative impact on the nutritional quality of milk. Rents for farmers are spiralling as more land is being pushed into production of maize for anaerobic digestion, affecting farmers producing food across...
Topics: sustainable intensification, mixed farming, ORFC, NFU, agriculture
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Feb 17, 2016 ORFC 2016
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Oxford Real Farming Conference 2016: You’re running a project which is working well, but the need is far wider than you are able to deal with. So what should you do? There are two options. Scaling up , so that you grow bigger. Replicating in other locations, using techniques from open sourcing to social franchising, where others copy what you have been able to achieve. This session will explore the options and processes for scaling up and replication, illustrated through two real-life...
Topics: social enterprise, food, farming, social franchise, land access, agroecology, ORFC
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Feb 17, 2016 ORFC 2016
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Oxford Real Farming Conference 2016: The new grain revolution: Growing Healthier Bread in Scotland, England and Wales   Gluten-intolerance and poor digestibility are two of many reasons why growing numbers of people spurn the bread on offer. It fails to meet citizens’ nutritional needs and is one of the most distorted parts of a broken food system. Hear agro-ecological perspectives from Scotland, England and Wales. Three collaborations bring together cereal scientists, farmers, millers and...
Topics: bread, grains, wheat, farming, agriculture, real bread, gluten, agroecology, ORFC
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Feb 17, 2016 ORFC 2016
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Oxford Real Farming Conference 2016: In this session we bring together some of the most influential “land shapers” in the country, to debate and discuss their priorities for the long-term stewardship of their estates, and by extension the major landscapes of the UK. What is the future of the land economy? How do we reconcile the pressing demand for agricultural products with the wider range of “life support” functions that landscapes might provide our communities and businesses? Is the...
Topics: sustainable agriculture, landowners, big estates, ORFC
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Oxford Real Farming Conference 2016: Community supported agriculture (CSA) is a partnership between farmers and consumers in which the responsibilities, risks and rewards of farming are shared. CSAs have been developing in the UK over the last twenty years with over 80 currently in operation and new ones being set up all the time, often with the support of the CSA Network UK.  This session will cover a broad range of possible models including fruit and vegetable growers, micro dairies and...
Topics: CSA, Community supported agriculture, farming, ORFC
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Oxford Real Farming Conference 2016: In the 1960s, dairying presented one of the few entry-level options in farming. Since then, its fortunes have waxed and waned, and despite responding to the economic drivers than encourage expansion and intensification, today’s industry is one characterised by marginal economic viability and increasing uncertainty.  Although counter-intuitive and in complete contrast to industry trends, some farmers are finding that a return to absolute basics is not only...
Topics: dairy, sustainable, farming, pasture, milk, ORFC
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Oxford Real Farming Conference 2016: If we accept humanity’s grand task is “to create convivial societies within a flourishing biosphere”, then agriculture is crucial to this. Get it right and everyone could be well fed (to the highest standards) forever, while our fellow creatures continue on their own sweet way. Get it wrong and everything else is compromised. Famine will ensue and the cause of wildlife conservation is dead in the water.  This session will look at how to get it right,...
Topics: wildife, biodiversity, farming, agriculture, re-wilding, ORFC
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Feb 17, 2016 ORFC 2016
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Oxford Real Farming Conference 2016: Genetically modified food can be an explosive topic. Passion is a powerful force for change, but how can we ensure that, when we talk about GM, we generate more light than heat? Leading GM campaigners share their experience of presenting the case against GM and discuss the ways in which different language, tone and emphasis can help, or hinder, the campaign to keep GM out of our food and off our farms.  Speakers:   Liz O'Neill (GM Freeze)  Pat Thomas...
Topics: GMO, agriculture, food, farming, health, science, agricultural technology, ORFC
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Feb 17, 2016 ORFC 2016
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Oxford Real Farming Conference 2016: The term ́peasant agriculture ́ generally describes a type of rural economy that practically does not exist in our society, which is dominated by industrial and service economy. The term remains present in people's minds, however, as an image, a memory, something that provides them with feelings of existential security, an eternal constant within society.  This session will examine what is meant by the term "peasant agriculture" and if it has...
Topics: peasant, agriculture, via campesina, agroecology, small-scale farming, ORFC, smallholder
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Feb 17, 2016 ORFC 2016
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Oxford Real Farming Conference 2016: This session will hear about how plans from Europe to export milk to India and other Asian countries will effect the livelihood of traditional dairy farmers and strategies that the powerful social movements of farmers based in India are working on to preserve their livlihoods. The discussion will also look at how activists in the UK can lobby the UK government to pursue better strategies than increasing exports of milk to strengthen the UK dairy industry for...
Topics: dairy, microdairy, farming, agroecology, small-scale farming, milk crisis, ORFC
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Feb 17, 2016 ORFC 2016
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Oxford Real Farming Conference 2016: Substituting for imported protein feeds is one of the most promising ways to improve the sustainability, resilience and profitability of livestock production. We’ll hear from those involved in three practical ‘field labs’ to test and refine different strategies for doing this, as part of the Innovative Farmers network.  Dafydd Jones (Maesllwyni Farm) is hosting a field lab investigating the nutritional value of different multi-species leys for...
Topics: protein, livestock, animal feed, farming, ORFC
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Oxford Real Farming Conference 2016: Farming for tomorrow: Innovative business ideas for people and wildlife In this session, farmers with innovations for their farming business will present their ideas to an expert panel. We will hear from farmers who are addressing the long-term sustainability of the farm, and providing a home for nature. This should make for a fascinating discussion and highlight changes needed within the sector going forward.  The panel will discuss each idea with the...
Topics: innovation, farming, agriculture, agroforestry, wildlife
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Feb 17, 2016 ORFC 2016
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Oxford Real Farming Conference 2016: The evidence that neonicotinoids harm bees is stacking up. What are the best bee safe alternatives for effective pest control? Hear the latest science from Professor Dave Goulson, hear from farmers/agronomists on what’s worked for them, and join a lively discussion about whether an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) based approach could work better than neonics.  Speakers:   Chair: Sandra Bell (Friends of the Earth)  Professor Dave Goulson (Sussex...
Topics: neonicotinoids, bees, pollinators, pesticides, farming, organic, food, agroecology, agriculture,...
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Oxford Real Farming Conference 2016: Let them eat cake: what has the right to food got to do with the role of farmers?   As a signatory to the International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights the UK is committed to progressive realisation of the right to food. But in practice the UK government takes no responsibility for ensuring universal access to good food, and has been asked by the UN to explain why it is relying on ad hoc provision of food banks to tackle insecurity. In...
Topics: farming, right to food, ORFC, human rights, agriculture, food poverty, food access, law
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Oxford Real Farming Conference 2016: Historic land ownership patterns in the UK have been preserved whilst our rights of common access have been eroded. Today we face both an agricultural and a housing crisis that are linked through a distribution of land that is among the least equal in the world. How do we begin to re-distribute land to create the food and shelter we all need?  Speakers:   Humphrey Lloyd (Edible Futures)  Robin Grey (Community Food Growers Network)  Ed Hamer (Chagfood) ...
Topics: land access, A2L, ORFC, agriculture, land rights, farming
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Feb 17, 2016 ORFC 2016
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Oxford Real Farming Conference 2016: Industrial livestock production is dependent on feeding human-edible cereals to animals. This is inefficient. For every 100 calories fed to animals in the form of cereals, just 17-30 calories are returned for human consumption as meat or milk.  This core inefficiency brings other inefficiencies in its train. Feeding cereals to animals is a wasteful use not only of these crops but of the land, water and energy used to grow them. The need to grow huge amounts...
Topics: livestock, industrial farming, ORFC, agriculture, intensive livestock, CAFO
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Oxford Real Farming Conference 2016: There are over 240 care farms in the UK, providing supervised, structured interventions of farming-related activities for a range of vulnerable people (including people with ASD, mental ill-health, learning disabilities, older people with dementia - to name but a few). Come and hear how care farming can simultaneously improve lives, provide a valuable service for health and social care and increase the viability of farming.  Speakers:   Dr Rachel Bragg...
Topics: care farming, ORFC, farming, diversification, community
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Feb 17, 2016 ORFC 2016
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Oxford Real Farming Conference 2016: Do biopesticides have a place in Agro ecological farming? There are numerous developments worldwide in the field of biological control and biopesticides, and increasing interest from UK growers in using them. There is undoubtedly some potential to solve some of the major challenges facing certain crops at scale but would the wholesale uptake of these new technologies mean growers avoid taking a systems approach to farm and soil health? Speakers: Dave...
Topics: biological control, pesticides, organic farming, agroecology, ORFC
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Feb 17, 2016 ORFC 2016
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Oxford Real Farming Conference 2016: Urban agriculture and community gardening – the offer for urban regeneration & overcoming obstacles   A discussion in finding solutions to the obstacles facing community food growing and agriculture in an urban regeneration context. This seminar will use the knowledge of those in the room, to build on the experience gained by the Community Land Advisory Service (established 2012) and Oxford City Farm, whose journey started in 2007 and who got onto...
Topics: urban agriculture, city farm, community, ORFC
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Oxford Real Farming Conference 2016: Andrea Ferrante and Jyoti Fernandes from European Coordination of Via Campesina will speak of the work that La Via Campesina- an organisation of over 200 million small scale farmers- is doing to influence global food policy within the EU and at the UN level through the Civil Society Mechanism of the Committee on Food Security. The discussion will explain the process of how this participatory influence on global food policy works, the main issues raised and...
Topics: la via campesina, agroecology, farming, peasant, ORFC
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Feb 17, 2016 ORFC 2016
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Oxford Real Farming Conference 2016: Diets are changing. Indeed they need to change, fast, as the way Britain eats is catastrophically unhealthy and unsustainable. But what does that change entail on the ground, in farming? What part can farmers play in driving it?  We will hear a view from Paul Wyman of Tuxford Windmill on trends in cereal production and consumption. Andrew Trump (Organic Arable) will describe how a group of arable farmers have teamed up with a processor to develop a more...
Topics: farming, diet, crops, arable, ORFC, food
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Feb 17, 2016 ORFC 2016
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Oxford Real Farming Conference 2016: What determines where scientific research is focused in universities and research institutes? How much freedom do academics have to determine what they research? Is there too much concentration on patentable and saleable products - on seeds rather than systems? This session will hear from a range of academics and researchers to discuss these issues.  Speakers:   Dr Michel Pimbert  Dr Jonathan Latham  Helena Paul
Topics: science, research, agritech, agroecology, agriculture, farming, ORFC
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Feb 17, 2016 ORFC 2016
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Oxford Real Farming Conference 2016: The scientific evidence reveals substantial differences between organic and conventional food   Despite official scepticism and even hostility, evidence is mounting that there are significant differences in the composition of organic and conventionally produced food and associations between the consumption of organic food and positive health outcomes. The Nafferton Research Group at Newcastle University is at the forefront of this work. Dr. Gillian Butler...
Topics: farming, food, organic, health, nutrition, Newcastle University, ORFC, science
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Feb 17, 2016 ORFC 2016
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Oxford Real Farming Conference 2016: The Landworkers Alliance and The Land magazine today launch their rural manifesto, Equality in the Countryside, which is targeted in particular at the recently reinvigorated parliamentary opposition. Its 45 recommendations on matters such as employment, housing, transport and the environment reflect our conviction that a thriving rural economy must be grounded in land-based livelihoods. Speakers: Simon Fairlie (The Land) Kerry McCarthy MP (Shadow  Secretary...
Topics: agroecology, farming, rural, countryside, ORFC, Labour party
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Feb 17, 2016 ORFC 2016
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Oxford Real Farming Conference 2016: The latest assault on agriculture: synthetic biology and the new GM breeding technologies (NBTs)   Each time a new technology emerges that seems to offer advantages to both the business and scientific communities, the UK government tends to embrace it uncritically. We offer this session so that people can find out about synthetic biology and NBTs, and discuss what they mean for agriculture, food and farming.  Synthetic Biology (sometimes called extreme...
Topics: genetic engineering, GM, farming, agriculture, biotechnology, plant breeding, ORFC
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Feb 17, 2016 ORFC 2016
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Oxford Real Farming Conference 2016: This session will begin by screening a six minute film that explores the current international debates about agroecology in relation to the experiences and perspectives of food producers and social movements.  This will be followed by an interactive discussion amongst a diverse panel to debate the meaning, practice and politics of agroecology in the U.K.  Speakers:   Colin Anderson and Csilla Kiss (Coventry University, Centre for Agroecology, Water and...
Topics: agroecology, food sovereignty, farming, agriculture, ORFC, CAWR
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Feb 17, 2016 ORFC 2016
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Oxford Real Farming Conference 2016: Sustainable food systems will never become mainstream until we develop a more honest way of reflecting the true costs of producing food.  In the present intensive model, polluters do not pay and natural capital is freely exploited, whereas producers whose systems deliver social and environmental benefits are not adequately rewarded.  Hosted by the Sustainable Food Trust, this session will explore how we can correct these distortions and build a better...
Topics: true cost accounting, teeb, agriculture, farming, ORFC, economics
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Feb 17, 2016 ORFC 2016
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Oxford Real Farming Conference 2016 What would you like to see in a decent National Food Policy? A policy based on health, ecological agriculture, equality and democratic decision making? Here is an opportunity to take part in a process to create a document which will allow us to work together to create the political leverage for significant change. This is a participatory session, leading from a visioning exercise to policy idea workshops, themed on the six principles of Food Sovereignty. Out...
Topics: food sovereignty, farming, ORFC, agroecology, food policy
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Feb 16, 2016 ORFC 2016
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Oxford Real Farming Conference 2016: Cover groups can help protect soil, build organic matter, reduce leaching, control weeds and have countless other advantages. But they can be tricky to manage, and the costs are often easier to count than the benefits. What are the secrets to making the best of them?  Jake Freestone (Overbury Farms) will share his experiences of using a range of cover crops. John Newman (Abbey Home Farm) will talk about the practicalities of managing cover crops without...
Topics: Cover crops, agriculture, farming, ORFC, soil
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Feb 16, 2016 ORFC 2016
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Oxford Real Farming Conference 2016: Britain now needs about a million more farmers (for starters) and must rely heavily on migrants – who we often treat very badly. More broadly, the present global “free market” economy obstructs Enlightened Agriculture (“Real Farming”) and is clearly unfit for purpose. In this session two leading thinkers seek a path through the minefield – including how to turn the “problems” of migrants into opportunities for all.  Speakers:   Chair: Lucy...
Topics: Migrants, farming, ORFC, labour
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Oxford Real Farming Conference 2016: Farmers and Consumers Unite to Resist Globalisation of the Food Chain   Our food chain has been hijacked. Multinational corporations, global trading blocks and national governments have conspired to take control of both food production and consumption. They have made food and farming into a globalized business that always favours the biggest farms and largest supermarkets. But the people are fighting-back.  Julian Rose and Jadwiga Lopata (International...
Topics: Poland, farmers, agriculture, ORFC
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Feb 16, 2016 ORFC 2016
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Oxford Real Farming Conference 2016: Most farming activity is to be found outside of cities and most food produced finds its way into cities to feed the people. This food is usually produced from industrial farming, much of it overseas and sold through retailing giants who offer a soul destroying shopping experience.  There is a vast market potential out there which is not being exploited to any degree.  This session will look at the barriers and solutions presented by these facts.  A vision...
Topics: Farming, retail, food, ORFC
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Feb 16, 2016 ORFC 2016
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Oxford Real Farming Conference 2016: The UK needs more 100% grass-fed beef and lamb to meet growing demand from consumers. The Pasture-Fed Livestock Association encourages farmers to kick the ‘grain habit’ and finish animals off grazed grass and conserved forage crops, but many are put off by a perceived lack of financial returns. Today we launch a new booklet highlighting the positive economics of some of our members, to show how economically viable this way of farming can really be. ...
Topics: Farming, Agriculture, grassfed, Pasture for Life, livestock, ORFC, PFLA
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Feb 16, 2016 ORFC 2016
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Oxford Real Farming Conference 2016: Hot on the heals of the Food Sovereignty Gathering in Hebdon Bridge (October 2015), this session will focus on how we can build effective links between the wide variety of organisations working on food and farming issues, to ensure radical change for the better in the UK food system.  We will seek inspiration from practitioners who are achieving change from grassroots food supply for local communities (Organiclea), via building positive political relations...
Topics: Farming, ORFC, food sovereignty, via campesina
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Feb 16, 2016 ORFC 2016
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Oxford Real Farming Conference 2016 Cover groups can help protect soil, build organic matter, reduce leaching, control weeds and have countless other advantages. But they can be tricky to manage, and the costs are often easier to count than the benefits. What are the secrets to making the best of them?  Jake Freestone (Overbury Farms) will share his experiences of using a range of cover crops. John Newman (Abbey Home Farm) will talk about the practicalities of managing cover crops without...
Topics: farming, agriculture, soil, cover crops, ORFC
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Feb 16, 2016 ORFC 2016
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Oxford Real Farming Conference 2016 Building soil organic matter ups biological activity, nutrient availability, water infiltration and moisture holding capacity.  Andy Whitmore (Rothamsted Research) will draw on the long-term experiments at Rothamsted and the wider science to sum up the best-proven steps farmers can take to build soil organic matter. Guy Thallon (Produce World Group) will report on practical trials comparing different soil amendments on working farms. Caroline Corsie...
Topics: soil, agriculture, farming, ORFC
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Feb 16, 2016 ORFC 2016
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Oxford Real Farming Conference 2016 Better Jobs and Better Farming  or What would it look like to have a million better jobs in UK farming?   Government and food industry policy, which affects farmers in the UK and overseas, fails to adequately protect nature and promote sustainable farming, and undermines the resilience of rural economies and the ability for farmers and others to make a good living on the land. With our panel we will discuss an alternative vision and debate whether a target...
Topics: farming, agriculture, ORFC, jobs